Origin of English word SCARED

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Lop off the S of SCARED (so often necessary with SC words) and one can see  K[H]aRaiD (afraid, timid, trembling - Genesis 27:33; Numbers 33:24). 


Anagrams of this KH-R/L-D/T term include  GHaRaTS (to dread),  RaGHahD (trembling),  RaGHahTS (to fear) and  DiK[H]eeYL (fear - Daniel4:2).  This last term reduces to  K[H]eeYL (anguish, trembling). Add  (Hee)RDTeeYDT (to terrorize) and ReeDTaiDT (to vibrate), and an RT root of fear and TREMBLING emerges. Non-coincidentally, three of six TR roots in the AHD mean "TREMBLING."  TREMENDOUS, TREMOR and TREMULOUS come from Indo-European “root” trem; TREPIDATION and INTREPID are linked to Indo-European “root” trep; and DETER, TERRIBLE, TERRIFIC and TERROR are traced to Indo-European tres. DREAD belongs with these DT-R and R-DT words as well. See CARDIO, DREAD,” HORRID, RATTLE and TERROR.

PeRKai$, Pey-Resh-Kahf-Samekh is not in the Hebrew Bible but is used by Rashi (11th century) to describe the commotion with Rebbeca’s twin wombmates. E.D. Klein calls it “uncertain origin” and cites a Greek term meaning to shudder. A link from PERCUSSION to PeRKai$ was suggested, and the Indo-European “root” of CONCUSS, KVETCH, PERCUSS and RESCUE is kwet (to shake).  KWT is available from Het-Resh-Dalet K[H]aReD (tremble – see CARDIO) and, with metathesis and letter shifts from the tremblers above, like Resh-Ayin-Dalet, Rah’[A]D.

(Shira Leibowitz Schmidt)

The French have nasalized Het-Resh-Dalet in the verb craindre (to fear).  Butthat extra N issilent, as it also is in the noun crainte (fear)  or in sans crainte (without fear).

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